Wrestlemania 31

|Date: March 29, 2015
|Venue: Levi Stadium |City: Santa Clara, California
|Attendance: 76,976 |Buys: 259,000

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Wrestlemania, the biggest show of the year and it has a stacked line up. In the main event Brock Lesnar defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns. The two men only had two confrontations leading to their match but one ended in the two men in a tug-o-war over the Championship belt. Lesnar’s contract was due to come to an end just after Wrestlemania but the it has since been confirmed that Lesnar has signed an extension with WWE, retiring from UFC.

Another huge match for tonight will be a first ever WWE match for Sting who goes one on one with Triple H. Sting has been a thorn in Triple H’s side for months and when Triple H challenged Sting to a match, Sting wanted it at Wrestlemania. It’s sure to be one of the biggest matches in the history of the company. Also tonight Bray Wyatt will go up against The Undertaker. For weeks Bray Wyatt has begged for Undertaker to come back, even being wheeled out in a coffin in order to antagonise The Phenom. Undertaker would accept the challenge. He looks to right the wrong of last years event when his streak came to an end.

Seth Rollins out Randy Orton out of action earlier this year and when Orton returned he seemed to want to re-join The Authority. That was until he got Seth Rollins all to himself and laid into the man who took him out. Randy and Seth go one on one tonight. There will be a United States Championship match tonight but this rivalry between champion Rusev and challenger John Cena means far more than the United Championship itself. Cena spend weeks asking for a rematch against Rusev but the Bulgarian would turn down his challenge. Eventually Cena would lock Rusev in the STF until Lana accepted Cena’s challenge to put Rusev out of his misery. Rusev doesn’t seem happy about what Lana did but tonight he defends his title against John Cena.

The Intercontinental Championship will be defended in a ladder match between seven men who have been stealing the title off one another over the past few weeks. What started with Dean Ambrose stealing the title away from Bad News Barrett became a game for R-Truth and would eventually involve Stardust, Luke Harper, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler. A match was made between the seven men for Wrestlemania, a ladder match that should be reminiscent of the Money In The Bank matches that we used to get at the event. The Divas Championship won’t be defended tonight but there will be diva tag team action as The Bella Twins go up against the frenemies of Paige and AJ Lee.

There are two matches set for the pre-show. We will have the second annual Andre The Giant Battle Royal which will feature the likes of The Miz, Damien Mizdow, The Big Show, Kane, Mark Henry, Ryback Jack Swagger and Erick Rowan. And there will also be a fatal four way tag team match with champions Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defending against The New Day, Los Matadores and The Usos.

On the Wrestlemania 35 kick-off show Andre The Giant won the second annual Andre The Giant Battle Royal, last eliminating Damien Mizdow after Mizdow eliminated The Miz. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro retained their WWE Tag Team Championships.

Wrestlemania kicks off with Aloe Blacc singing American The Beautiful. It’s nice that they use current artists.

LL Cool J then presents an opening package, taking us through the history of Wrestlemania. No major focus on the matches tonight.

Michael Cole welcomes us to Wrestlemania.

Bad News Barrett (c) vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Stardust vs. Luke Harper Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship

It’s a big match to kick things off, similar to the Money In The Bank ladder matches. As Wrestlemania records go Bad News Barrett is 0-1, Daniel Bryan is 3-1, Dean Ambrose is 2-0, Dolph Ziggler is 1-4, R-Truth is 0-3, Stardust (Cody Rhodes) is 1-3 and Luke Harper makes his Wrestlemania debut tonight. Daniel Bryan is the first man out, starting Wrestlemania off how last year’s Wrestlemania ended. The stage and entranceway are huge. The bell rings as Dean Ambrose gets to the ring and everyone goes straight at it! The ring starts to clear, leaving R-Truth, Stardust and Dolph Ziggler. Ambrose hits a suicide dive on Harper. R-Truth and Stardust then dive out too. Luke Harper tosses Dolph Ziggler out of the ring and in to everyone out there before Harper joins them, diving out too. Dean Ambrose climbs a ladder on the outside and dives out at everyone, wiping them all out. R-Truth grabs a ladder and slides it into the ring before setting it up in the middle of the ring and climbing up it! Bad News Barrett is the man to pull him down and lay into him before ramming a ladder into him. Barrett smashes the ladder into Ambrose before Daniel Bryan dropkicks the ladder into Barrett.

Daniel Bryan Irish whips Stardust into a ladder with Wade Barrett the other side of it. Luke Harper then throws the ladder at Daniel Bryan before setting it up and climbing it but Daniel Bryan ties him up in the ladder and lays in some kicks. Bryan then climbs the ladder but Dolph grabs on to his ankle before pulling him down and hitting him with a superkick. Dolph then looks to climb the ladder but Ambrose pulls him down. Both Dolph and Dean climb the ladder and slug it out but Barrett pulls them down. Ambrose and Ziggler dispose of Barrett before climbing the ladder again, this time with R-Truth but Stardust dropkicks them all down. Stardust kicks everyone out of the ring and throws a ladder at Harper. Stardust then pulls out his own ladder which has silver on it but Bad News Barrett attacks him from behind and then destroys the ladder! Dean Ambrose get sin the ring with a ladder but Luke Harper does the same and the two men slug it out. Harper hits a big boot and then disposes of Dolph Ziggler. Harper looks to catapult Ziggler with a ladder but it doesn’t really work. Dean Ambrose climbs to the top and jumps over Harper but Harper then catches him and drops him on a ladder.

Luke Harper puts a ladder over his head and spins it into the face of every competitor that gets in the ring. Truth manages to drop toe hold him and then hit a scissors kick on the ladder! Truth sets up a big ladder but Barrett attacks him and throws him into the ringpost. Stardust then climbs the ladder but he’s too far away form the title. Bad Barrett goes up with Stardust and then suplexes him from the top of the ladder! That was a long way down. Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler position the ladder and climb it, with Dean Ambrose in tow. They all slug it out until Ambrose is knocked off the ladder, bounces off the ropes and then pushes the ladder over. Dean Ambrose sets up the ladder again and climbs it but Luke Harper pulls him down. Ambrose clotheslines Harper and then climbs the ladder but Harper powerbombs him off the ladder and through a ladder set up on the outside! Harper climbs the ladder but Dolph ziggler jumps on his back, executing a sleeper. Dolph tries to reach for the title but ends up hitting a Russian leg sweep on Harper off the ladder!

Dean Ambrose has medical staff looking after him as Dolph Ziggler climbs the ladder in the ring. He has the title but Bad New Barrett pulls him down and hits him with a bullhammer. Barrett then gives Stardust a bullhammer before climbing the ladder with R-Truth. Barrett hits Truth with a bullhammer but Daniel Bryan climbs the ladder and hammers Barrett down with grabbing the title but Dolph knocks him down. Bryan ducks a bullhammer and hits Barrett with a running knee. Daniel Bryan is left alone in the ring and climbs the ladder but Dolph Ziggler races up and hammer Bryan. The two men slug it out and then exchange headbutts until Bryan headbutts Ziggler to the mat and then unhooks the Intercontinental Championship to win the match! Daniel Bryan is the new Intercontinental Champion! A great way to kick off the show.

Rating: 7/10

There’s an Under Armour advert on next.

There’s a video package showing the build to Randy Orton and Seth Rollins.

Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins

This is a first time singles match between these two men on pay per view. Randy is 4-7 at Wrestlemania, Seth Rollins is 2-0. Seth has Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury with him. Rollins actually beat Orton as part of a six man tag team match at Wrestlemania two years ago. Rollins takes down Orton in the early going but Randy repays the favour with a dropkick. Orton then attempts an RKO but Rollins puts on the brakes and leaves the ring. Orton chases Rollins back into the ring before Seth drops Randy on the top rope. Rollins then stomps down Orton but Randy gets back into the match, taking Seth down before hitting him with uppercuts. Orton lays in the mounted right hands in the corner but Seth picks him up and buckle bombs Orton in the far corner. Orton then bounces out of the corner with a clothesline. Orton motions for an RKO but J & J Security get up on the apron. Orton hammers them both down and then hits them with a double hangmans DDT. Seth flies out with a suicide dive to Orton before rolling him back into the ring and pinning him for the first near fall of the night.

Seth Rollins hammers down Randy Orton, choking The Viper with his boot. Rollins hits a suplex for a two count and then applies a chinlock. Orton headbutts his way out of the chinlock and then reverses an Irish whip but Rollins ducks a clothesline and drops Orton on the middle turnbuckle. Rollins hits a running forearm in the corner and then hits lefts and rights. Orton back body drops Rollins on to the apron. Seth attempts a springboard clothesline but Orton hits him with a couple of clotheslines and a powerslam. Randy hits more uppercuts and then a t-bone suplex, sending Rollins out to the apron. Orton looks fora hangmans DDT but Rollins back drops him on to the apron before kicking him off it. Rollins hits a springboard moonsault and then rolls Orton back into the ring. Seth heads to the top but Randy crotches him up there. Orton looks for a big superplex but Rollins counters only for Orton to back body drop him down to the mat. Orton then hits a cross body but Rollins rolls through for a two count. Orton hits a hangmans DDT and then motions for an RKO but Rollins counters with a roll-up for a two count.

Rollins kicks Orton in the face but Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere! Randy hooks the leg but Rollins kicks out. Orton then backs up for a punt but Jamie Noble gets in the ring! Orton hits Noble with an RKO and then does the same to Mercury! The distraction is enough for Rollins to kick Orton and then hit a curb stomp! He hooks the leg but Orton kicks out! Rollins sets Orton up for the phoenix splash and then heads to the top but Orton rolls out of the way. Orton tries for an RKO but Rollins counters! Seth then tries for a curb stomp but Orton elevates him into the air and hits a huge RKO! He hooks the leg and that’s enough for the three! Randy Orton beats Seth Rollins tonight!

Rating: 7.5/10

There’s an ad next for some wrestling figures.

Ronda Rousey is shown at ringside with Marina Shafir.

There’s a video package next for the match you never thought would happen between Triple H and Sting.

Triple H vs. StingNo Disqualification match

It goes without saying that this is a first time match between these two men on WWE PPV. It’s a WWE debut for Sting. Triple H has an 8-10 record at Wrestlemania. Sting has an entrance with drummers, Triple H has a Terminator-esque entrance. Even Arnie is on the tron to introduce Triple H. The two men stare off for a while until they eventually lock up and it’s Sting with the first knock-down. Triple H hits a headlock takedown but Sting fires him off only for Triple H to hit a shoulder tackle. Triple H crotch chops Sting who then hits a hiptoss and a dropkick. A big “you’ve still got it” chant breaks out. Sting forces Triple H into the corner and Triple H hits a cheap shot and then a few right hands to take Sting down. Triple H hits a facebuster that doesn’t phase Sting. Sting then takes down Triple H, looking for the Scorpion Deathlock but Triple H escapes out of the ring. Back in the ring and Triple H lays into Sting with right hands but sting Irish whips Triple H all the way out of the ring. Sting exits the ring and looks for a splash on the barricade but Triple H gets out of the way.

Triple H throws Sting into the ring steps and then suplexes him back into the ring. Triple H hits a kneedrop for a two count and then lays in some right hands. Triple H hits a hard Irish whip and then another as Sting crumbles in a heap. Another crotch chop from Triple H before he hits a kneedrop for a two count. Triple H applies a chinlock but Sting fights out of it only to run into a spinebuster for a two count. Triple H goes back to the chinlock but Sting fights out of it and hits right hands and an Irish whip before running into a boot. Triple H goes up to the middle rope but Sting sees him coming and takes him down, locking on the Scorpion Deathlock! DX’s music then hits and out run Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X Pac! Sting fights them all off but then turns around into Triple H. Sting back body drops Triple H out of the ring and then goes to the top and dives out at all four men! Sting rolls Triple H into the ring but gets distracted by Billy Gunn on the apron. He then turns around into a pedigree from Triple H! He hooks the leg but Triple H kicks out at 2!

Triple H exits the ring and grabs his sledgehammer. He slides back into the ring but the nWo music hits! Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall walk out from the back! The crowd pop big for them! The nWo and DX go at it on the outside which distracts Triple H long enough for Sting to hit him with a Scorpion Deathdrop for a near fall. nWo have taken care of DX on the outside as Sting locks the Scorpion Deathlock on Triple H! Triple H reaches for his sledgehammer but Hulk Hogan takes it away! X Pac shoves Hogan into the ringpost but Kevin Nash takes out X Pac and Billy Gunn then takes out Nash. Road Dogg back body drops Scott Hall as Sting continues with the Deathlock. Triple H then grabs the bottom rope to break the hold. Sting looks to lock it on again but turns around into sweet chin music from Shawn Michaels! The crowd boo that one. Triple H rolls on top of Sting who just gets his shoulder up. Billy Gunn hands Triple H his sledgehammer but Scott Hall hands Sting his baseball bat!

The two men circle each other with their weapons, Triple H takes a swing and amiss allowing Sting to get the shot in with the baseball bat. Sting then uses his bat to break the sledgehammer in half! Sting lays into Triple H with kicks and punches and then a big Stinger splash. Sting looks for a second but Triple H hits Sting with the top of the sledgehammer, hooking the leg for the three! Triple H beats Sting tonight! After the match Triple H and Sting shake hands.

Rating: 7.25/10

Maria Menounos is backstage and asks Daniel Bryan how it is to be Intercontinental Champion for the first time. Pat Patterson walks in and congratulates Daniel Bryan. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper then arrives and kisses Bryan. Rocky Steamboat congratulates Bryan and tells him that his match ranks up there with his match with Randy Savage. Ric Flair shows up and woo’s. Bret Hart congratulates Daniel Bryan and they all break out into a Yes chant. Ron Simmons shows up. Damn.

Lilian Garcia introduces Skylar Gray, Travis Barker and Kid E for a performance.

Paige & AJ Lee vs. The Bella Twins (Brie & Nikki)

This is a first time match between these two teams. It’s a Wrestlemania debut for Paige but AJ Lee is 1-0 at the event and The Bella Twins are 0-2. No Divas title match tonight which is a little disappointing. Nikki Bella starts the match against Paige who hits a takedown out of the box. Paige hits a headbutt but Nikki fires back with a knee before knocking AJ off the apron. Nikki hits an Alabama Slam on Paige for a near fall. Nikki forces Paige into the corner, hits her with shoulder charges and then tags in Brie who comes in off the top with a missile dropkick for a near fall. Brie applies a front facelock and hammers Paige down before applying a version of a chinlock. AJ Lee is still down on the outside. AJ gets up onto the apron but Brie hits her with a knee, knocking her off before hitting Paige with a running knee for a two count. Brie tags in Nikki and The Bella’s hit a double suplex for a two count. Nikki ducks a clothesline and dropkicks AJ off the apron. Paige rolls Nikki up for a two count. Nikki hits a spinebuster and then hits the rack attack for a near fall. Nikki’s finisher there. Is AJ going to get involved?

Nikki forces Paige into the corner but Paige fights off both Bella’s. Paige throws Nikki out of the ring and then dives off the apron and takes out both Bella’s. AJ is finally back up on the apron and Paige tags her in! AJ hits Nikki with forearms and then a Lou Thesz press. AJ hits a clothesline and then hammers away at Nikki. AJ drops Nikki on the top rope and then goes up to the top and hits a cross body. Nikki rolls through but Paige dropkicks Nikki down. Nikki ducks a kick and picks AJ up on her shoulders but AJ counters into a DDT for a near fall. AJ locks on the black widow but Brie breaks it up, Paige kicks Brie out of the ring but as the referee sees to Paige, Brie grabs Paige’s leg. Nikki hits a running forearm and hooks the leg but AJ kicks out. On the outside Paige throws Brie into the ring steps. AJ then locks the black widow on Nikki Bella who taps out! AJ and Paige won the match!

Rating: 4/10

There’s an ad next for WWE being a hero.

Next up is the focus on the Hall Of Fame from the previous night. The Bushwhackers, Larry Zbyszko, Alundra Blayze, Fujinami, The Rikishi, Connor The Crusher, Kevin Nash, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Randy Savage were all inducted. All of the nominees and representatives come out to the stage.

There’s an ad for WWE 2K15.

There’s a video package for John Cena and Rusev next.

Rusev (c) vs. John Cena – United States Championship match

This is a second pay per view match between these two men, Rusev previously beat John Cena last month at Fastlane. John Cena is 8-3 at Wrestlemania, Rusev makes his Wrestlemania debut tonight. Rusev has a very grand entrance with soldiers and the Russian national anthem. Rusev then makes his entrance in a tank! Rusev’s only PPV losses have come in Royal Rumble matches and by count out in a Survivor Series elimination match. This is an 18th consecutive pay per view for John Cena, who is ahead of anyone else currently in that aspect. Rusev is second, this is his 13th PPV in a row. Cena starts the match with a clothesline for a one count. Rusev fires back with a spinning heel kick for a two count. Rusev lays in some kicks and a headbutt before hitting a big suplex. That looked great with the roll-through. Cena bounces Rusev off the ropes but Rusev kicks Cena in the head and then hits a splash. Rusev looks for a bowling ball in the corner and hits that for a two count. Lana hands Rusev the flag which Rusev waves over a fallen Cena. Cena kicks Rusev in the head and then hits a couple of shoulder tackles, a side slam and motions for the five knuckle shuffle, which he hits.

John Cena sets up for the attitude adjustment but Rusev counters and hits a suplex for a two count. Rusev looks for a kick but Cena counters with a drop toe hold. Rusev kicks Cena away and then hits a uranage for a two count. Rusev sets up for a superplex but Cena fights him off and hits him top rope legdrop for a two count. A “let’s go Lana” chant breaks out. Cena sets up for the attitude adjustment but again Rusev counters and kicks Cena in the face. Rusev kicks Cena again for a two count and then looks for a splash in the corner but Cena kicks him in the face and hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. The two men slug it out and Rusev hits a knee to the face and then a spinebuster for a near fall. Rusev looks to stomp on Cena but Cena counters and locks on the STF! Lana then throws her show in the ring! It doesn’t make a difference though, it’s ignored. Rusev gets to the bottom rope. Rusev hits a fallaway slam and then goes to the top and hits a diving headbutt! He hooks the leg but Cena kicks out at 2!

Rusev motions for the accolade and looks to lock it on but Cena fights him off. Cena kicks Rusev away and then hits a springboard stunner for a two count. Cena sets up for the attitude adjustment but again Rusev counters. Rusev looks for a spinning slam but Cena counters with a roll up. Rusev then kicks Cena in the head and locks on the accolade! Cena mamages to get to his feet and break the submission hold before locking on the STF! Rusev crawls to the ropes so Cena drags him to the middle of the ring. Lana is then up on the apron so Cena sees to her, Rusev runs at him but Cena moves and Rusev knocks Lana off the apron! Cena hits Rusev with the attitude adjustment and pins him for the three! John Cena beats Rusev tonight! That’ll be the end of Rusev’s push! Cena is the United States Champion! Rusev is furious with Lana.

Rating: 7/10

There’s an ad for Wrestlemania 32 next year in Texas.

Over to the Wrestlemania kick-off panel made up of Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves and Booker T. We’re shown some footage from the kick-off show with Tyson Kidd and Cesaro retaining their Tag Team Championships and The Big Show winning the Andre The Giant Battle Royal.

Lilian Garcia introduces Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, The Authority. Stephanie tells us that they have set an attendance record at the Levi Stadium tonight. Stephanie takes credit for where WWE is today. Triple H feels like he not only beat Sting tonight but he beat everybody watching this show. Triple H claims to own everybody in the back but he’s interrupted by the man he doesn’t own, The Rock! The Rock gets on the side of the fans, claiming to be an East Bay boy. The Rock then offers to create a Wrestlemania moment. The Rock and Triple H go face to face until Triple H backs off and says he has nothing to prove to The Rock. Rock tells Triple H he left his balls in Connecticut. Stephanie says that without the McMahon’s there would be no Rock. A “Shane-o-mac” chant breaks out. The Rock says that Stephanie wouldn’t be in power without Vince McMahon’s Johnson. Stephanie then slaps The Rock. Rocky leavers the ring and walks around to Ronda Rousey who is sat at ringside. The Rock brings Ronda into the ring and Stephanie tries to get her on side but then tells her that it is her ring and she should get the hell out of here. Rousey says that any ring she steps into is hers and if Stephanie wants her to leave then make her. The Rock then lays into Triple H before Ronda takes down Triple H with a hiptoss. Stephanie looks to take a shot at Rousey but blocks it and grabs her arm before pushing her out of the ring.

There’s a video package next showing how the match between Undertaker and Bray Wyatt came about. To a nice Johnny Cash song.

The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt

This is a first time match between these two men. Undertaker is 21-1 at Wrestlemania, Bray Wyatt is 0-1. Wyatt has an army of scarecrows with him for his entrance. The bell rings and Wyatt runs right into a big boot. Undertaker then lays in some right hands and short arm shoulder charges. Undertaker hits old school as a “you’ve still got it” chant breaks out. Wyatt fires back with a clothesline and then clotheslines Undertaker out of the ring but Undertaker lands on his feet! The Undertaker pulls Bray Wyatt our out of the ring and rams him into the apron. He then lays Bray across the apron, hits a big boot and a legdrop on the apron. Undertaker rolls Bray Wyatt back into the ring and hits him with a splash in the corner before hitting snake eyes and looking for a running boot but Bray hits him with a cross body. Wyatt lays in some right hands and knees and then a splash in the corner. Wyatt hooks the leg for a one count and then applies a sleeper. Undertaker tries to get out of the sleeper so Bray breaks the hold to beat his opponent down.

Bray Wyatt drags Undertaker to the corner and its a running forearm but looked like he hurt himself more as he collided with the ring steps. Bray gets back in the ring but Undertaker catches him off guard and locks on Hell’s Gate! Wyatt manages to resist and hammer his way out of it. Bray hits a urunage and a running senton for a near fall. Wyatt then looks for Sister Abigail but Undertaker counters, wrapping his hand around Wyatt’s throat and hitting a chokeslam! Undertaker then hits Bray with the tombstone! He pins Wyatt who kicks out at 2! Undertaker motions for another tombstone but this time Wyatt counters and hits Sister Abigail! Undertaker kicks out at 2! Bray then walks around like a spider but comes face to face with Undertaker who sits up! The two men slug it out in the middle of the ring and Bray looks for Sister Abigail but Undertaker counters and hits another tombstone! This time Undertaker gets the three. A big win for Undertaker who gets back on track at Wrestlemania.

Rating: 5.75/10

There’s a video package next for Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar.

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match

This is a first time pay per view match between these two men. Brock Lesnar is 2-2 at Wrestlemania whilst Roman Reigns is 2-0. Roman enters through the crowd as he always does. He also gets a negative reaction and Brock gets cheered. The bell rings and the two men go right at it. Reigns tries to lock on a front facelock but Lesnar forces him into the corner and then hits a German suplex and an F5! Brock already has a cut on his face. Brock lays in some right hands and then hits a throw. Reigns hits some elbows and right hands and tries for some clotheslines but Lesnar refuses to go down. He ducks another clothesline and hits another German suplex. Reigns is smiling now. Brock goes back to work on Reigns and hits him with a side suplex. Reigns fires back with some right hands but Lesnar hammers him down and hits another German suplex. Lesnar hits a 6th German suplex and then suplexes his challenger on to the top rope. Brock hits Reigns with knees and then knocks him off the apron and into the barricade.

Roman Reigns gets up on to the apron and fights off Lesnar who tries to attack him on the way in. Reigns hits some boots of his own but Lesnar nails him with a clothesline, sending Reigns back to the outside. Lesnar rolls Roman back into the ring and hits a suplex. Reigns rolls out to the apron where Lesnar belly to belly suplexes him right back in! Brock then hits another F5. He hooks the leg but Reigns kicks out! Brock pulls his gloves off and slaps Reigns. Reigns laughs so Lesnar hits him with another two German suplexes and a third F5. He hooks the leg but again Reigns kicks out! Lesnar throws Roman out of the ring and looks to throw him into the ringpost but Reigns counters and shoves Brock into the ringpost busting him open! Back in the ring and Reigns hits a superman punch! Roman hits another superman punch and looks for a third but Lesnar avoids it. Reigns hits some headbutts and then a third superman punch. Roman then hits a spear! Lesnar crawls to his feet so Reigns hits a second spear! He hooks the leg but Lesnar kicks out! Roman Reigns motions for another spear but Lesnar catches him and hits another F5! Both men are down now. Seth Rollins music hits! Goosebumps. Rollins slides into the ring and demands to cash in his Money In The Bank contract! It’s official!

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins – Triple Threat match for the WWE world Heavyweight Championship.

Seth Rollins kicks Roman Reigns out of the ring and then hits Brock Lesnar with a curb stomp! Rollins checks on Reigns and then looks for a second curb stomp on Lesnar but Brock counters and picks Rollins up on his shoulders! Roman Reigns spears Lesnar! Rollins then hits a curb stomp on Roman Reigns and pins him for the three! Seth Rollins wins the match and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship! Michael Cole calls it the heist of the century! Rollins celebrates on the stage!

Rating: 8.5/10

And that was Wrestlemania 31. That felt like a really good show. From top to bottom, it might even have been better than Wrestlemania 30. It started off in a fun way with the 7 man ladder match. This reminded me of the Money In The Bank ladder matches which is a great way to get more superstars on the card. Daniel Bryan won which is a great way for him to return to the spotlight. The Intercontinental Championship used to be the title that went to the best worker in the company and with Daniel Bryan winning it, it feels like it’s returning to that. It was a great way to start the show. Next up Randy Orton beat Seth Rollins in a really good match. This was absolutely the best result, especially with what would happen later. It sets up a WWE Championship feud between Rollins and Orton going forward. I loved the finish of this match, it’s possibly the best RKO I’ve ever seen.

Triple H and Sting were next and I was surprised to see them so early. I was even more surprised to see DX and the nWo show up but it added a lot to the match. The biggest surprise of them all was when Triple H beat Sting! I wasn’t expecting that result at all. And I didn’t think it was necessary. I honestly hope this feud continues, mostly so we can see more of Sting but also so Stinger can get his win back. Triple H’s night wasn’t over and he would get into a confrontation with The Rock. It looks like they might be setting up a match between the two men for next years Wrestlemania? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. The divas were up next and it was AJ Lee and Paige that beat The Bella Twins. I would have preferred to see a title match but this got the four top divas on the show. This suggests that a feud may continue between Nikki Bella and AJ. This wasn’t the strongest match but I did like the psychology with AJ being taken out for most of the match.

John Cena beat Rusev to win the United States Championship. This was another good match and probably Rusev’s best match to date. It was a clean win for Cena but I think there will probably be a rematch at the next pay per view. I quite like Cena with the United States Championship, it’s a new direction for him and could create some new matches. Hopefully Rusev is kept looking strong going forward. The Undertaker beat Bray Wyatt in an ok match. Undertaker is only capable of so much because of his age but this match was fun and had some good spots in it. Undertaker wins although a win for Undertaker isn’t as powerful as it used to be because of the streak coming to an end last year.

The main event was something to behold. Brock Lesnar dominated Roman Reigns and both men came out looking great due to how much offence Reigns could take. But Seth Rollins was the star and the image of him running down the huge ramp to cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase is one of the greatest moment in Wrestlemania history. Seth left Wrestlemania with the WWE Championship belt after a great match. It really was the heist of the century. A great performance form all three men (although Rollins wasn’t involved for long). A truly great finish to one of the best Wrestlemania events of all time.

Overall Rating: 67.14/10 (ranked joint 29th out of 312)

Match Of The Night: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
Worst Match Of The Night: AJ Lee & Paige vs. The Bella Twins
Biggest surprise Of The Night: Seth Rollins wins the WWE Championship
Worst Booking Of The Night: Triple H beats Sting
Superstar Of The Night: Seth Rollins
Wrestlemania 31 Will Be Remembered For: Seth Rollins’ heist of the century

One thought on “Wrestlemania 31

  1. By the time he won this Andre battle royal, Big Show was already a long-established star in the wrestling industry. But, he did make his kayfabe dad proud.

    At the same time, defending the Tag-Team Titles on the pre-show was a HUGE step down for Cesaro after having won the previous year’s battle royal.

    Also, this is the final WWE PPV appearance for AJ Lee, who chose to retire from the ring shortly after.

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